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Apollo 11 by Moonlight

Apollo 11 by Moonlight

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, July 20, 2019/Categories: photography, video, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

"It's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" 

      Astronaut Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969

It has been 50 years since those famous words were spoken by Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the Moon's surface. Global tributes have been many. One of the most comprehensive reviews of the events in July 1969 is the new documentary Apollo 11 which had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year. The epic movie was produced for CNN Films entirely from archival footage much of which has never before been seen. The Apollo 11 accomplishments are told without 'talking heads' to distract from the storytelling. It is screening in wide release at IMAX and other theaters.

An essential contributor to the success of the Apollo 11 mission was a little known computer programmer Margaret Hamilton of MIT. In 2016, she was recognized by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her cutting-edge contributions to the development of the on-board software for Apollo missions. A tribute to Hamilton's work is now being reflected by moonlight in the Mojave Desert striking more than 107,000 solar mirrors creating a portrait of moon lander. The giant installation is a tribute to her contributions to the Apollo 11 success and subsequently to the entire field of computer software engineering.

The moonlight reflection is a fine example of how one person's efforts, part of a far larger team, helped to accomplish a goal now being remembered 50 years on.



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